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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 68

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Audio-only stream below

We catch up on a couple weeks worth of news -- and some of it's even Android-related. What Steve Jobs' stepping down from Apple means for Android, the twisted tale of the HP TouchPad, HTC's unlocking bootloaders (sort of), and Verizon's not getting a Galaxy S II. Listen in!

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3 years ago

Here comes Hurricane Irene: Charge 'em if you got 'em

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Here's a quick no-brainer or two from your hurricane-prone pals at Android Central for those of you in the path of Hurricane Irene, scheduled to make landfall along the North Carolina coast on Saturday before making its way up the east coast and basically ruining everybody's weekend:

  • Charge your phones. Now. Keep them charged. And once the storm starts, keep them off. You'll likely lose power at some point, and there's a good chance your local cell network will go down for a bit, even with generator backups.
  • Spare batteries. If you got 'em, make sure they're charged, too. If you still have time to get some, do it.
  • Car charger. Get one. That is all.
  • After the storm, text messages work best. Any carrier will tell you this, and we saw it again with that little shake the mid-Atlantic states got on Tuesday. If the network's up, it's going to be clogged, and calls might not go through. Text messages have a much better chance.
  • If you're worried about damage and don't have a traditional camera, use your phone to take a few pictures of your home and your belongings. It'll make insurance claims much easier, should it come to that.

Any tips you folks want to share? Let's hear 'em.

More: Latest on Irene from the National Hurricane Center
Image credit: LSU Earth Scan Labratory

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3 years ago

HTC Merge contest continues with Lloyd on a stick

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Like others of us around here, Lloyd's got a stick up his butt, and he's traveling the world. And he's going to win one of you a Verizon-branded HTC Merge. So here's a reminder that the contest continues. Hit up the link below for the complete details, but the picture above should give you an idea of what we're looking for. It's that easy, and we're already getting some great submissions. One week to go, folks.

Take Lloyd on the road and win a Verizon HTC Merge

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic again on video; boot animation available for other phones

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

The long slog that is the Motorola Droid Bionic's road to release continues. First up is the video you see above, which gives a nice look at the speed within the new Philblur UI, as well as the live wallpapers and transition animations. Pretty standard stuff, but it's nice to whet the appetite some more.

And the boot animation is now available for installing on other devices, if that's your thing. You'll need to be rooted, of course, but the option's certainly there. Have at it.

Sources: Youtube, Droid-Life

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3 years ago

Google TV finally coming to UK?

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So Google TV might not have ever been the most popular product ever launched, but so far only the Americans have had the chance to play with it. The long wait could be at an end for us Brits though, as Eric Schmidt is expected to announce its arrival on UK shores in a speech this evening. 

Schmidt is delivering a lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival, and is expected to announce the launch of the service within six months. It should allow access to the BBC iPlayer and ITV Player online streaming services, both of which are already widely available for access through the television. What remains to be seen is what relationship, if any, Google has managed to strike up with the British television providers such as Sky and Virgin Media. 

One thing that could still grab attention is future access to the Android Market. But with online video content services much more limited in the UK than the U.S., Google really needs to pull it out of the bag on this one.

Source: Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail 

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3 years ago

Radio questions, Infused [From the Forums]

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With all that has happened this week, we're getting settled in for the Android Central podcast and of course -- we'd like for you to join us. However, if you're looking to kill some time before we go live make sure you check out the Android Central forums.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

HTC Flyer falls to £329.99 at Best Buy UK

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We came away with a positive impression of HTC's 7-inch Flyer tablet when it launched back in late May, however, one thing we weren't fans of was the Flyer's UK pricing. At £480 for Wifi-only and £600 for Wifi and 3G, it was significantly more expensive than the dual-core, Honeycomb-powered competition, and that made us sad. Fortunately, Best Buy UK has now gone some way towards remedying that, with today's price reduction to £329.99 for the Wifi-only 16GB version.

The Flyer is a great little device, despite the fact that it runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread rather than the tablet-centric Honeycomb. Best Buy will surely be hoping to shift some extra units at this more reasonable price, so let us know in the comments if you're tempted. And, of course, you can hit up our full Flyer review to find out more.

Source: Best Buy UK; via: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

Android 2.3 Gingerbread now available to Bell Motorola Atrix owners

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AT&T users have had the joy of Android 2.3 on their Motorola Atrix 4G devices for quite sometime now but Motorola has finally gotten around to unleashing it in Canada as well. If you have a Motorola Atrix on Bell, go ahead and check for system updates -- you should find Android 2.3 Gingerbread waiting for you. If you're not yet seeing it, just hold out a little bit longer -- it's coming.

Source: MobileSyrup

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3 years ago

Gameloft reveals Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation

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Gameloft has now taken the covers off the next iteration of the Modern Combat game series. Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation makes use of the Unreal and Rage game engines to bring you the most realistic FPS game to date. 13 missions, multiplayer action with support for up to 12 players, 6 maps, and 6 different game modes this one is designed for mobile gamers. You can dig the trailer and press release after the break. Gameloft is expected to have this released by 'fall" - so in other words, soon.

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3 years ago

Droid 2 Gingerbread update support page live, hopefully OTA not far behind

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Verizon has published the Motorola Droid 2 Gingerbread update support pages, and that's usually a sign that the update isn't far off.  The update will bring the Droid 2 to Android 2.3, and software version 4.5.601.A955.Verizon.en.US (that's a mouthful) as well as an update to Blur not Blur and several bug fixes.  The key enhancements as listed by Verizon:

  • New Download Manager App
  • Under Manage Applications, a new “Running” tab displays a list of active applications, as well as the storage and memory being used by each.
  • Multi-Touch Key-Chording
  • Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:
  • New User Interface and Color Scheme:
  • New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
  • Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.
  • New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups
  • Added Device and SD Card encryption.
  • VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN clients into device security settings

Gingerbread should breathe some new life into the Droid 2, Be sure to holler in the forums when you see it roll in.  Check out the source link for the full details.

Source: Verizon; via Motorola support forums

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